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Competency Assessments

College-Level Examinations(CLEP) Policy
Policy on Examination for Credit and Proficiency
Competency Assessment Portfolio (CAP)
Advanced Placement (AP)

College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) Policy
The University of Minnesota, Crookston offers the opportunity to submit the results of CLEP for credit in most of the Subject Examinations. CLEP Subject Examinations currently accepted by UMC for transfer credits are listed below with the minimum acceptable standard score. Credit earned through CLEP Subject Exams may be used to fulfill general education requirements, to fulfill specific course requirements, or to be used as elective credits. UMC uses the ACE Recommended Credit-Granting Score as a guide to determine whether credit is granted. UMC does not grant credit for the General Exams.

At the time the student takes the exam in high school, they can indicate in the test software the college to receive the CLEP test score. If the student did not do this at the time of the test a transcript request form, a transcript request form can be sent.

The following guidelines have been established for utilization of the Subject Examinations:

  1. A CLEP Subject Examination may not be taken to establish credit for a course in which a student has earned credit in a higher-level sequential course.
  2. A student with previously earned credit in one semester of a two-semester sequence must petition the Academic Standards & Policy Committee for approval prior to taking a CLEP Subject Examination to receive additional credit for a CLEP Subject Examination that offers a maximum of six to eight credits.
  3. A Subject Examination may be repeated no sooner than six months after date of the last testing. Students should submit a petition to the AS&P Committee for permission to repeat an examination.
  4. A Subject Examination may not be used to establish credit in a subject that the student has previously failed.
  5. CLEP credits awarded at another institution are not automatically accepted by UMC. The student must submit the original transcript of CLEP scores for evaluation. All scores are evaluated according to UMC policy.

Advanced Placement (AP) Policy

Entering freshmen may earn college credit in some subject areas by receiving satisfactory scores on the College Entrance and Examination Board Advanced Placement (AP) Program examinations. Credits granted may be applied toward college degree requirements. In those cases in which a corresponding UMC course does not exist, “blanket credit” may be granted (with appropriate campus approval) and such credits may be used to meet certain liberal education requirements.

International Baccalaureate (IB) Policy

Entering freshmen may earn college credit in some subject areas by receiving satisfactory scores on the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program examinations. Credits granted may be applied toward college degree requirements. In those cases in which a corresponding UMC course does not exist, “blanket credit” may be granted with the approval of the appropriate academic discipline and such credits may be used to meet certain liberal education requirements.

For additional information contact:

UMC Admissions
umcinfo@umn.edu
800-862-6466

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Advanced Placement (AP)

Entering freshmen may earn college credit in some subject areas by receiving satisfactory scores on the College Entrance and Examination Board Advanced Placement (AP) Program examinations. Credits granted may be applied toward college degree requirements. In those cases in which a corresponding UMC course does not exist, “blanket credit” may be granted (with appropriate campus approval) and such credits may be used to meet certain liberal education requirements. For a list of AP credit awards, contact the Office of Admissions.

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Policy on Examinations for Credit and Proficiency

Examinations for Credit and Proficiency
The University of Minnesota offers “proficiency examinations” and “special examinations for credit” to currently registered undergraduate degree-seeking students which are given at the discretion of the appropriate academic department.

  1. Proficiency Examinations shall be administered by the appropriate academic department, require no fee, and yield no credit or grade but may fulfill prerequisites for advanced courses or satisfy requirements. Proficiency examinations may be taken at any time, and if the student's work is of passing quality, a notation shall be made on his/her transcript saying “Course X satisfied by proficiency examination.” A student may not first take a University of Minnesota course and earn a grade, subsequently take a proficiency exam for that course content, and then request that the original course grade be bracketed from the transcript.
  2. Examinations for Credit are assessed a $50 per credit fee. All requirements (e.g., application completed, fee paid, departmental test administered and scored) for these examinations must be completed and all paperwork submitted to the Office of the Registrar no later than the last day to add a class for that term. Materials received after the deadline date will be effective in the following term. Credits earned by examination shall not count as residence credits. A student may not first take a University of Minnesota course and earn a grade, subsequently take an examination for credit for that course content, and then request that the original course grade be bracketed from the transcript.

Applications for these examinations may be obtained in the Office of the Registrar.

A student must do "C-" quality work on an "examination for credit" to earn credit, and a notation shall be placed on the transcript showing the course and credits earned. Effective fall 1999, examinations for credit earn the letter "T." These credits will be included in the cumulative credits (but not term credits) but the "T" grade will not be reflected in either the term or cumulative grade point average. If the student fails to do "C-“ quality work on the examination, no notation shall be made on the transcript.

The "examination" administered by a department may be a typical final examination, an oral test, written papers or projects, or any other combination of work which will satisfy the examiners that the student has adequately achieved the values of the course.

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